The last thing the Dodgers needed right now was another injury to a starting pitcher, but the baseball gods did not cooperate. Clayton Kershaw was placed on the injured list on Friday due to right SI joint inflammation. The joint connects the pelvis to the spine (we’ll leave the medical talk at that).
Kershaw himself believes that he’ll should be about ready to start pitching following his 15-day IL stint.
In an appearance on AM570’s Dodgers Talk with David Vassegh, Dodgers team president Andrew Friedman was also not taking an alarmist stance with the three-time Cy Young winner landing on the IL.
“It’s been a little off and on the last week. Yesterday, it accelerated to the point where we got it looked at, and we feel really good about what the long term prognosis is, but, felt like right, felt best to air on the side of being cautious. Give him a couple of starts off. Reset it, and then hit the ground running.”
Friedman agreed with Vassegh’s characterization of the injury as a “flare-up”.
“Flare-up is a good descriptor. Not concerned about it long term, but just want to make sure it doesn’t evolve into something that’s scarier so knock it out right now and get him back soon.”
The Dodgers team president noted that Kershaw’s injury is related to the right hip impingement he battled through in 2012. Friedman and Kershaw’s shared goal is to ensure that the lefty is ready for October.
Hence why neither one of them is sweating a few May starts.
However, that does leave the Dodgers short one starter as they enter the back half of a 31 games in 30 days stretch. LA could turn back to pitching prospect Ryan Pepiot to make his second career start in the upcoming doubleheader against Arizona. Michael Grove is another Dodgers minor leaguer who the team could also turn to to buttress the rotation in the meantime.
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